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Grateful Dead Live at Dillon Gym, Princeton University on 1971-04-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Dillon Gym, Princeton University on 1971-04-17

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Truckin', Big Railroad Blues, Big Boss Man, Bird Song, Playin' In The Band, Hard To Handle, Loser, Mama Tried, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Me And Bobby McGee, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, I'm A King Bee, Bertha, Sing Me Back Home, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dillon Gym, Princeton University
Location Princeton, NJ

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > Reel > ? > DAT > ZA2 (48>44.1) > CD
Transferred by Rod Nayfield


set1; SBD> Reel> ?> DAT> ZA2 (48>44.1)> CD; via R. Nayfield


Reviewer: FB25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2014
Subject: I was there.
My recollection of the show includes an opening set by NRPS with Jerry on the pedal steel. Then a delay due to bomb threat. At that point the audience proceeded to fold up and remove all of the folding chairs on the gym floor. Other great memory was some heckler yelling out _ "Play something we know" Deadhead Lee Stanley replied vehemently _ "Know something they play" As they say, priceless
Reviewer: Yades - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2013
Subject: Quintessential Pigpen
I'm not that big a Pigpen fan, but the Good Loving on here is as good as it gets. He goes on with his hilarious rap while the band churns away behind him with their own unique brand of psychedelic blues. It's so good you don't want it to stop, and that's why goes on for around 1/2 hour.
Reviewer: west_virginia_tug - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2012
Subject: That is what I am talkin' 'bout!
Diggin the Pig....schew!
What a match maker...
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2012
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Reviewer: lickmyballs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2012
Subject: A buck and a quarter?
Okay boys and girls don't forget the moral of this story. I think you can hear the exact moment in Jerry's guitar solo at 13:20 when Pig catches his dose of the clap.

This soundboard mix sounds good to me with Jerry's guitar tone captured very nicely. Don't be a scrutinizer.
Reviewer: FrankFoster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2010
Subject: GAD
Got any Dope? Too funny. Pigpen was in a class of his own for sure, and was the only "true" frontman for the Dead. This Good Lovin' is a must listen for all fans. 5 stars for this version 4.3 for the full show. It's April 71 maybe the best month for the Dead ever.
Reviewer: toneslave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2010
Subject: Pigpen is God
God bless you Pigpen. I know you and Jerry and all those passed into the great majority are in Heaven jamming beyond anything we can ever conceive. You still bring so much joy and love into the world, as you did when this and all the other shows were recorded. Thank you, and thank God we have these precious records. I hope to join you one day!

"'Cause she got box back knitties, great big noble thighs, workin' undercover with a boar hog eye"
Reviewer: diprince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2009
Subject: Big Boss Man
You ain't so bad, you just talk that's a just about all
Reviewer: casper55 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2008
Subject: My first of so many Grateful shows
16 years old and grew up 4 miles from the show in beautiful Hopewell Township.I walked and hitchhiked to the show to the distress of mom+dad,and loved every minute.This show may not have the technical perfection of later years,but the playing was right on.A great perspective on great things to come.Pigpen sounded so clear.Looking back after many other shows and living the dream in California,hearing this show brings me back to a simple beautiful time in life.Great Recording!
Reviewer: blang16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2008
Subject: Classic Pigpen show
the ultimate Pigpen show. Incredible Good Lovin, with the famous "Brooklyn Bridge" rap.

Also great Hard to Handle,King Bee, and Lovelight. Just a great example of how Pig could elevate an otherwise "standard" show to new heights. The true center of the primal dead era.

My first tape way back when .... loved Pig ever since
Reviewer: TM1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2008
Subject: PIG!!!!!
Jump on yo pony and riiiide !
Reviewer: Gr8fulDriver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2005
Subject: THE Pigpen show.
If you're down with Pig. Get This Now.

Love the "Brooklin' Bridge" my all time fav Pig show.
Reviewer: jstr - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2005
Subject: The last time
Jerry was hassled before the show for smoking a number outside by Princeton officals. Jerry threw the number on the ground and told "we'll never play this f'n place again". He was true to his word.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2005
Subject: OK show.
Of course, the Good Lovin' is the highlight of this show (over 27 minutes long). Fantastic jamming in this number. The Lovelight is also excellent, as is Sugar Magnolia. Otherwise, this show is so ordinary you could fall asleep in the rest of it and not miss anything. Plus, I don't like the SBD of this. The instruments and vocals have great presence, but this recording is too dry and lifeless to do the show justice. The singing in particular is way too high up in the mix as there is more-than-usual amount of flubs in the harmonies.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2004
Subject: king bee
usually reviewing these shows for sound quality mostly, i have to make a comment on the performance of king bee {sound is impeccable}.....this is very nice harp work from pig with Jerry chiding him on and filling all the gaps that pig leaves in his phrasing-----sweet.......check out the smokestack lightining on 12 07 71 for more of the same vibe
Reviewer: reef_1214 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2004
Subject: PIGPEN!!!
If you like blues and love pigpen then this show's for you. Pigpen's rap during lovelight is awesome and watch for the classic '71 Loser.
Reviewer: hippieman556 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2004
Subject: this show is pigpen in his rap and all
this show is really good i love that long rap during good lovein alot really good stuff here
Reviewer: McJanks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2004
Subject: Huge Good Lovin'
Just pointing out another big one.
If I rememeber correctly Bob Weir himself pointed out that this show is a great example of pigpen doing his thing.
The Good Lovin'/drums/good lovin' is Sick....and Very long too i might add.
Add the long improvs during lovelight and you've got a classic. Check it out.
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